Friday, January 29, 2016

Strathgordon bushfire update

FAVOURABLE weather conditions has seen the Mt Cullen bushfire kept within containment lines in the last few days. The fire continues to burn in areas of rugged terrain on both sides of the Gordon River Rd. The Tasmania Fire Service reports that the area is steep and difficult to negotiate, making progress challenging.

Despite flooding in other parts of the state, rainfall in this area has been variable, with minimal amounts reported on the actual fireground. People are asked to remain informed as conditions can change at any time.

Remote area fire crews from the Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania, interstate and New Zealand personnel have been flown in to extinguish identified areas that continue to burn inside the fire edge.

Firefighters will continue to be supported by aerial water suppression to establish control boundaries tomorrow (Saturday).

Walking tracks at Mt Wedge, Sentinel Range and Mt Anne Range are closed. The Wedge River, Edgar, and Huon campgrounds are closed. Adamsfield Conservation Area is also closed.

For safety reasons the Gordon River Road is closed at Maydena and will remain closed until the fire is contained and deemed safe. Visitors should be aware they cannot travel past Maydena at this time.

Updates on this fire are available here. For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website.

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